Cost of living in Damascus, Syria

Summary of cost of living in Damascus

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,562,263 £ [BM] (602,081 £)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 716,335 £ [BM] (276,068 £)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Damascus
Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food Update prices
SYP SYPX
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,895 £ (3,895 £ [BM] )
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,451 £ (2,451 £ [BM] )
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,089 £ (1,089 £ [BM] )
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 419 £ (419 £ [BM] )
12 eggs, large 538 £ (538 £ [BM] )
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 254 £ (254 £ [BM] )
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 771 £ (771 £ [BM] )
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 457 £ (457 £ [BM] )
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 234 £ (234 £ [BM] )
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 636 £ (636 £ [BM] )
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,604 £ (2,604 £ [BM] )
2 liters of coca-cola 602 £ (602 £ [BM] )
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 200 £ (200 £ [BM] )
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Housing Update prices
SYP SYPX
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 222,511 £ (222,511 £ [BM] )
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 116,351 £ (116,351 £ [BM] )
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 12,663 £ (12,663 £ [BM] )
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 117,040 £ (117,040 £ [BM] )
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 66,716 £ (66,716 £ [BM] )
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 8,623 £ (8,623 £ [BM] )
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 7,049 £ (7,049 £ [BM] )
40” flat screen tv 139,872 £ (139,872 £ [BM] )
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 52,530 £ (52,530 £ [BM] )
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,340 £ (1,340 £ [BM] )
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,329 £ (1,329 £ [BM] )
Clothes Update prices
SYP SYPX
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 8,763 £ (8,763 £ [BM] )
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 18,378 £ (18,378 £ [BM] )
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 20,431 £ (20,431 £ [BM] )
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 15,218 £ (15,218 £ [BM] )
Transportation Update prices
SYP SYPX
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,639,570 £ (4,639,570 £ [BM] )
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 220 £ (220 £ [BM] )
Monthly ticket public transport 5,695 £ (5,695 £ [BM] )
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) - -
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Personal Care Update prices
SYP SYPX
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 511 £ (511 £ [BM] )
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,501 £ (1,501 £ [BM] )
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 9,108 £ (9,108 £ [BM] )
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 487 £ (487 £ [BM] )
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 671 £ (671 £ [BM] )
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 934 £ (934 £ [BM] )
4 rolls of toilet paper 446 £ (446 £ [BM] )
Tube of toothpaste 392 £ (392 £ [BM] )
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 1,774 £ (1,774 £ [BM] )
Entertainment Update prices
SYP SYPX
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,794 £ (6,794 £ [BM] )
2 tickets to the movies 4,282 £ (4,282 £ [BM] )
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 9,045 £ (9,045 £ [BM] )
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 14,971 £ (14,971 £ [BM] )
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,213 £ (1,213 £ [BM] )
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,019 £ (1,019 £ [BM] )
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 797 £ (797 £ [BM] )
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 23,456 £ (23,456 £ [BM] )
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 12 £ (12 £ [BM] )
1 month of gym membership in business district 5,978 £ (5,978 £ [BM] )
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,060 £ (1,060 £ [BM] )
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: March 22, 2021

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